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Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:26 am
by BossaBruce
I've been using a CPAP machine for only four days. Sleep test showed that I had a mild case of apnea however a recent bout of atrial flutter ( started at 3 AM when I was sound asleep ) led to this decision to use a CPAP machine.
I am using a ResMed air sense 10 CPAP machine, along with a nasal cup on some kind of a swivel connector. When I picked up the machine and went through the basic use instructions with the sales person it seems pretty straightforward. There was a lot they didn't tell me.
Night one I spent 2 1/2 hours trying to tolerate the machine with a semi clogged nose breathing frigid cold air, gasping for breath through my mouth. Eventually I ripped the damn thing off my face shut the machine off and fell asleep on my own.
The next day I found this website and started checking articles and posts. The most helpful thing I read was a post about learning to breathe through your nose was the most difficult adjustment for a mouth breather. I also saw some really good posts about using breathe right nasal strips to keep your nose open. The third thing I saw a post about heated humidification. Heated air, what?
I have year round mild allergies that I lived with most of my life by breathing through my mouth because my nose is congested. No one (including the doctor) told me I have to breathe through my nose with this type of CPAP mask. In terms of heated humidification I'm not sure why that wasn't discussed during the demo session so I feel a little let down by my doctor and the CPAP sales person who gave my demo.
Armed with this new information I approached night two with breathe right nasal strips and I read the user manual to see if there was a way to heat the humidified air. There was. I got four hours asleep with the machine On.
On the third night I got 4 1/2 hours asleep with the machine on.
Last night was Friday night and I was able to sleep in this morning and I managed eight hours and four minutes asleep with the CPAP machine on. I can't determine if the CPAP machine is making a difference in my life yet but I'm managing to live with the CPAP. Time will tell if it helps me.

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 11:21 am
by Mcquestion
A few short weeks ago I started using a CPAP machine and I love it. I don't wake up with a headache any more.

According to the sleep test I did, I used to wake up 30 times per hour, or about every two minutes. Anything over 5 is bad so I was considered a "severe" case.

The first week I used it I went down to waking up 3.1 times an hour. The next week it was 4.1. The difference was immediate and refreshing. I wake up clear eyed.

I don't always have a good night's sleep, but that's not due to the machine. No matter what, I don't wake up feeling like my brain is wrapped in gauze any more. It feels great.

If I can make one suggestion, get a mask that has the hose attachment on the top part of the mask, on the upper strap, not a hose that attaches to the nose area. I much prefer this so the hose isn't draped over me at night.

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:31 pm
by kbh209
I thought I'd post here since it has been a few months since I last gave an update. I have come to love my CPAP machine, it truly does give me the best sleep every night. I no longer wake up in the middle of the night with a sore throat (or blood on my pillow case). It was a struggle though, it took me at least 4.5 months to get used to it, but in the end it has fully paid off. My roommates fully appreciate the usage too, as it does help keep things more on the quiet side.

I am going to be messaging my provider to let them know that I am still snoring with the CPAP machine, perhaps it's time to raise the air just a bit, I'm not sure.

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:55 pm
by AmyR
I've been using my CPAP for almost a month now. At first it was difficult - they set the pressure really high with a wide swing. I'd tested as 57 interrupts per hour. But the high pressure was blowing the mask off my face, couldn't keep a seal. So they reduced the top pressure a bit. Though the following week they added the "inhale push" which had a different noise which is really irritating combined with insomnia. Attaching the hose to the top of the headboard was a big improvement - stops hose management from being a concern. And finding out that I could turn off the machine while taking a restroom break was helpful. Some nights are good now - waking fewer times, waking up rested in the morning. One aspect of the insomnia has been a baseline fear about what happens mentally when I am ready for sleep but sleep is delayed. I think the apnea could have been part of that, though I had no idea I had apnea, on some level my body has known. I have PTSD and being ready for sleep is "prime time" for negative thoughts to find their way to the surface - therapy has helped that, but I was assuming that the potential was part of the level of fear I was having when unable to get to sleep. If the apnea is a stronger cause for fear, then it should eventually fix the insomnia and if I work out and lose some weight, I might eventually be able to stop using the machine. But for starters, I just want more good nights. I have been good about wearing the mask and using the machine. When I was waking up a lot, after 4 hours I would take it off. Now I am willing to leave it on until closer to time to get up. The skin along the mask line is a little irritated now, so I may have to change the material of the mask, otherwise, it seems to be working for now. :D

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:43 am
by seemybook
Before CPAP I was falling asleep spontaneously during work, several times a day, without even knowing it! I didn't believe that was happening until a co-worker took a picture of me---what an awakening! I had a long drive home on the freeway, and one day I nearly drove into the cliff because of dozing off without knowing it. Incidents like these told me I had to do something about it. I have been on CPAP every night for 4 years now, and I am so grateful for it because it changed my life dramatically. Before CPAP, on some days I could not drag myself out of bed, I was so exhausted. Now I wake up much more refreshed. Some days I bounce out of bed! I know CPAP can be uncomfortable, but keep trying different masks because there are plenty of styles out there, and one is bound to fit you properly. That will make a huge difference right there, when you find one that doesn't constantly wake you up with squealing air leaks. I used to wake up with water dripping on my face during the night---so I bought the heated tube which solved the "rainout" problem. When I put on the mask, I don't think negatively about how uncomfortable this is going to be all night. Instead, as I put on my mask, a sense of calmness comes over me, because I know I won't be abruptly waking up during the night in a panic with my heart racing. I had a huge sleep deficit from all the years I had sleep apnea but didn't know it, so it took quite a while for me to feel astoundingly better with the CPAP. I slept 9 hrs a night trying to catch up. There was no huge AHA! moment when I realized I was getting better, it was more of a gradual awakening.

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:53 pm
by georgepds
Hi

I've used mine for ~8 years.

Before CPAP I'd need to take an afternoon nap at work, and on the commute home... no more I'm wide awake. I once parked my car in front of light post at McDonald's for a short commute nap. About every 10 minutes I'd wake at the wheel with a light post in front of me, thinking , Oh No.. this is it. I really don't miss that experience

In the beginning I had a lot of problems getting used to the mask. For me, tracking my progress using software was the key ( I'm a bit of data nut). After a while, I just got used to it. I'd no sooner hit the sack for the night without CPAP than I would without changing from my street clothes.

I'm a bit older now, and if circumstances don't give me a full 8 hours at night, I'll even use the machine for a nap. It guarantees I wake up rested

As to the more serious problems associated with apnea ( stroke, heart attack) I've managed to avoid them, that sounds like success to me

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:23 pm
by moreorless
I had a problem when I first started the machine. I had a mask leak and was able to correct
the problem. I use the machine everyday and never missed a day since I started. I use oxygen
only at night and today I woke up after sleeping 12.5 hours and my ahi is 0.6.
Settings are 20/12 bipap.
I am happy with the machine. And I am never giving up this sleep machine.
At first I was reluctant to use the machine and was going to return it, but did not.

I was going to return it because I was under the impression that I did not need no machine to help me sleep.
Of course I was wrong about that. It helps me sleep.

No way am I giving up this sleep machine, only way I can sleep
and I am thankful for having it.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:47 pm
by Raptorman
Thought I would share my experience in case anybody is interested. I have had a snoring problem for almost all my life. I am not really overweight, but have been a bodybuilder most of my life. I actually had surgery in 2013 to correct my severe sleep apnea. It worked to an extent, but I still had to sleep in a certain position as to not to snore and disturb my girlfriend. Just recently (last six months) my sleep apnea got worse, even after the surgery, to the point where I was choking and stopping breathing no matter what position I was in when trying to sleep. I went to see my specialist, and he indicated it was due to the thickening of the muscles in my neck due to the weight lifting. I was waking up about a dozen times a night at least. I would have to go out to my car from my office at lunchtime to sleep for half an hour as I couldn't stay awake at my desk. I was exhausted all the time. I finally realized that I would have to try a CPAP machine. Well, this was a life saver. The first night I had it I slept for 12 hours. It took me about a week to catch up on all the lost rest, but, now I feel great! I'm never tired during the day now, and I sleep fairly decently every night. CPAP is my best friend now, and my girlfriend is loving it too, as I was driving her crazy. We can travel now without her getting frustrated at me keeping her awake. I have a RESMED 10 Auto with pillow nostril mask. All I can say is for the longest time I balked at having one of these things, but, I have to say that It's the best decision I made.

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:08 pm
by Goldie54914
Hi, I am new to this forum.
I am 43 years old and I have been using my cpap for three years. After I did a sleep study (which I hated every minute of it),
I found out that I inherited my mother's "worst case of sleep apena in their years of (doctors) practice". So I figured I would get a CPAP.
After three years, my sleep has improved, along with my breathing and the number of times I have woke up in the middle has drastically dropped (In my study, they mentioned that I woke over 100 times in two hours. Now, It's about three times in a 10-12 hour period).
Hated it at first, but once I got the right mask, it ended up being better for me. Now I can't live without my cpap machine. :D

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:43 am
by tspeerjr
how do you post a screen shot on this site?

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:26 pm
by Krelvin
tspeerjr wrote:how do you post a screen shot on this site?

https://sleep.tnet.com/reference/tips/imgur

Might provide some assistance.

Re: Newbie would like to hear success stories, please.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:40 am
by tspeerjr
Dope! thanks!